L'dor va'dor

Alternative Spellings

l'dor v'dor, ledor vador, ledorvador, l'dor vador


  • from generation to generation

Example Sentences

  • "A major component of Judaism is passing traditions l'dor vador to keep them alive."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


לדור ודור ledor vador - 'for all generations, forever' e.g., Ps. 146:10 and in the Shacharit liturgy.

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


North America




Using the phrase in English discourse is more common among non-Orthodox Jews. The Jewish English meaning/usage differs from the Textual and Modern Hebrew usage of this phrase. The Hebrew phrase meaning 'from generation to generation' is midor l'dor.

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